Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew says the dream to deliver a first African Cup of Nations trophy for Ghana since 1982 remains intact despite a faltering start under new Coach Charles Akonnor.

Ghana were humiliated by their Malian counterparts in a friendly encounter on Friday in Turkey in what was Akonnor’s first game in charge.

The former National captain was handed the position in January 2020, replacing James Akwasi Appiah.

However, his debut didn’t turn out as expected Ghana put up a listless performance with Mali eventually humbling the Black Stars 3-0.

The performance and result have cast huge doubts about the ability of the Coach to build a side that can conquer Africa and break Ghana’s over 30 years trophy drought.

Ghana, 4 time champions of Africa have failed to deliver the ultimate diadem of African football since 1982 with a nation full of football crazy people incessantly growing impatient.

Andre Ayew, speaking in an interview with Ghana FA’s website is adamant however, that the dream to help deliver the promise as captain remains intact.

“My personal dream is to make sure that the trophy comes home. But we have one year and a half to go, so we are going to take our time. We have to play the qualifications, we have time to groom, it’s a new Black Stars though I don’t really like the name new Black Stars. Black Stars is Black Stars, if you come in and wear the jersey, you have to prove your worth and like I said, there are a lot of players who are there, who are tested and proven players in their League,” Ayew noted.

Ghana will have time to make amends when they face Asian champions Qatar on Monday.